Soyinka links Leah Sharibu to Kudirat Abiola, says ‘schoolgirl represents all of us’


Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka has likened the courage of Leah Sharibu, the kidnapped Dapchi schoolgirl, who is being held by Boko Haram to that of late Kudirat Abiola, wife of Moshood Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential election.

DAILY NIGERIAN recalled that Mrs Abiola was assassinated in Lagos on June 4, 1996 at the heat of mobilization for the restoration of her husband’s mandate as the winner of the 1993 presidential election.

Mr Soyinka made the comparison stated at the 22nd remembrance anniversary for Mrs Abiola at Abiola house, Ikeja, Lagos.

 “I was quite impressed with what I saw in that young girl, Leah Sharibu, who told her abductors that ‘No, you can’t take away from me, my freedom.’

“I saw in her, the spirit of Kudirat Abiola. When she said ‘No.’ She spoke for all of us.

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“Irrespective of our differences, irrespective of our faiths, irrespective of our different ideologies, she represents all of us. She spoke for our collective humanity.

“And I will implore us not to forget such name in our minds. Let us understand what they stand for and what they are fighting for,” Mr Soyinka said